Precious Cargo of Livingston is selling “Let It Be” leggings to benefit Riley’s Dance, a program of the New Jersey Sharing Networks (NJSN) Foundation that helps improve the quality of life for patients in need of organ transplants.
Riley’s Dance was created to honor the life of Riley Kogen, who died two days after her fifth birthday. As her parents, Ali and Mitch Kogen, sat at Riley’s bedside, they were approached by representatives of NJSN, who had come to discuss the possibility of donating her organs to save a life. According to their parents, “We felt that the gift of life was something special we could do to ensure that Riley’s memory lives on – so we were on board. As it turns out, both of Riley’s kidneys were able to save individuals suffering from kidney disease. This was the start of Riley’s Dance.”
The Kogens explain, “Riley gave the gift of life to two women who received her kidneys. Her gift not only saved two people, but their entire families as well. This final act of love is what has inspired us to continue to support organ and tissue donation and transplantation.”
Riley’s Dance is the first family fund of its kind under the NJSN Foundation. With the collaboration of the NJSN, the mission of Riley’s Dance delegates funds to families in need of significant medical coverage and those pursuing financial aid.
In her memory, noted her parents, “we will focus on improving the quality of life for those awaiting an organ transplant, and those who have recently received this beautiful life-saving gift. Our hope is to offer more stability to families in need at a very pressing and stressful time, so that these individuals go on to dance again just as Riley loved to.”
The “Let It Be” leggings, designed by Gracie Lebersfeld in collaboration with Zara Terez, incorporate the little girl’s favorite things. The pink “Let It BE” design represents her favorite song and color, and the fairies on them reflect her love of dance.
For every pair of leggings sold, both Precious Cargo and Terez will donate a percentage of proceeds to Riley’s Dance. Pre-orders will arrive in the store in October. For more information on ordering the leggings, visit PresiousCargoLiveingston.com.